JKR: Encounters with China

by The Dui Hua Foundation

John Kamm Remembers: Encounters with China is a collection of stories by Dui Hua's Founder John Kamm about his encounters with China since its reopening in 1972. The stories recount his journey navigating US-China relations to promote human rights through dialogue. As Dui Hua enters its 25th year, we've launched a podcast series to explore Dui Hua’s unique form of advocacy as well as issues ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Dragon Years: Remembrance of Times Past (1988)

    Dragon Years: Remembrance of Times Past (1988)

    The latest episode of Dui Hua’s limited podcast series, Dragon Years: Remembrance of Times Past flashes back to 1988, the Year of the Earth Dragon. China is reckoning with floods, increased foreign trade, and calls for reform. In Episode 2, John Kamm speaks with Richard Glover, a pioneer and veteran of US-China trade. The two former colleagues discuss how their paths crossed, the politics of doing business in China in the lead-up to Tiananmen, and what lessons 1988 has for today’s China watchers. Kamm and Glover’s recollections on their work selling chemicals in China in the late 1980s range from the humorous to the poignant. From the golf course to Tiananmen Square in the days before the nation hurtles toward a great tragedy, the two men witness a run on the banks and come face-to-face with the increasingly tense student movement. Dragon Years: Remembrance of Times Past (1976) All Business is Local: The Macau Subcommittee (John Kamm Remembers) Nothing Starts Without a Sale: Learning to Sell in Cultural Revolution China (John Kamm Remembers) Guangzhou in the Waning Days of the Cultural Revolution (John Kamm Remembers) John Kamm Remembers Timeline: 1972-1989

  • Dragon Years: Remembrance of Times Past (1976)

    Dragon Years: Remembrance of Times Past (1976)

    To mark the Year of the Dragon and Dui Hua's 25th anniversary, we are excited to bring you a limited podcast series, Dragon Year: Remembrance of Times Past. This five-parter explores key developments in John Kamm's life and Dui Hua's history, spanning the Dragon Years between 1976 and 2024. And through conversations, we gain insights from friends and colleagues who have been integral to Dui Hua’s mission. In this inaugural podcast, Kamm discusses the decisions that led to his first trip to China as a trade representative in 1976 and subsequent experiences on the Chinese Mainland during the waning days of the Cultural Revolution. He recalls the death of Premier Zhou Enlai, being caught in the Tangshan Earthquake, acupuncture anesthesia, and interactions with a senior liaison officer in Guangzhou. Related for this episode: Nothing Starts Without a Sale: Learning to Sell in Cultural Revolution China (John Kamm Remembers) Guangzhou in the Waning Days of the Cultural Revolution (John Kamm Remembers) John Kamm Remembers Timeline: 1972-1989 Video: Guide to the Canton Trade Fair

  • The 2024 UPR: China's Human Rights Report Card at the UN

    The 2024 UPR: China's Human Rights Report Card at the UN

    In the lead-up to China’s human rights review at the United Nations on January 23, host Samy Amanatullah speaks with Dui Hua executive director John Kamm about Dui Hua’s work at the United Nations, the Universal Periodic Review of human rights, and how an NGO like Dui Hua can advocate for political and religious prisoners at the United Nations. This far-reaching conversation also dissects how the Universal Periodic Review works, the international treaties that underpin human rights norms, and how the United States and China compare when it comes to adhering to human rights treaties. Related for this episode: A Very Special Status (John Kamm Remembers) Action in Geneva & New York (Digest) UN Submission Focuses on Persecution of Women in Unorthodox Religions & Dueling Statements, and Visions, at UN Human Rights Council (Human Rights Journal) Dui Hua UN Submissions

  • APEC 2023: Xi and Biden meet

    APEC 2023: Xi and Biden meet

    In this special podcast, host Szewah Leong speaks with Executive Director John Kamm on the recently concluded APEC Summit in San Francisco, with a focus on the meeting between President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping, the first time the two men have seen each other in a year. Topics explored include what was achieved and what wasn’t achieved, the tone of the meeting, the controversial banquet for President Xi hosted by two organizations after the meeting between the two presidents, the likelihood that commitments made will be realized, and how the meeting gave Dui Hua an opportunity to add its voice to the dialogue. Related for this podcast: APEC Summit Highlights Need for Stable Relations (Human Rights Journal) Action in Geneva & New York (Digest) Prisoner Updates

  • Sealing Juvenile Records: The Importance of a Clean Slate

    Sealing Juvenile Records: The Importance of a Clean Slate

    In this episode, host Rebekah Enoch talks with Dui Hua founder John Kamm and retired Judge Leonard Edwards about the expert exchanges Dui Hua has facilitated between juvenile justice practitioners from the United States and China's Supreme People's Court, both in China and in the United States. Exploring questions like, "What does it mean to seal juvenile records?", "Why is it important?" and "What does it have to do with China?", the interview unpacks some of the impressions and the impact of these exchanges on juvenile justice in the United States and China, as well as what it means in the context of Dui Hua's decision to expand the mission to include women in prison and juvenile justice, in addition to political and religious prisoners. Related for this episode: Forging New Paths for US China Dialogue: Juveniles Justice (JKR Podcast) Turning over a New Leaf: Juvenile Offenders Benefit from Reform (Human Rights Journal) “Is the Sealing of Juvenile Records Working in Your Court?” and “Record Sealing: Its Importance for Rehabilitation” (by Judge Edwards) Juvenile Justice Exchanges